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Pit River Recreation Area


Boat Dock on the Pit River

The Pit River is the largest river in Northeastern California. It drains this part of the state before entering the Sacramento River at Shasta Lake. The north fork of the Pit starts at Goose Lake, while the south fork begins high in the Warner Mountains. The two converge near Alturas, California. The river flows through large mountain valleys and cuts its way through massive basalt flows to form incredible canyons. These canyons exhibit unusual geological formations that promote a variety of wildlife species unique to these landscapes. The campground is down river of these spectacular valleys and canyons.   


Amenities Pit River Campground

  • Tables
  • Fire Rings
  • Vaulted Toilets
  • RV Parking

Fishing is available in the river as well as in several large reservoirs and lakes nearby. A variety of habitats surround the campground, including riparian areas, pine/oak woodlands, and upland brush land. The wildlife varies with the landscape, resulting in great bird watching opportunities. Hiking, sight-seeing, and mountain biking are some of the other recreational opportunities available in the vicinity.

Camp Sites and Fees

There are 7 regular sites and 1 group site. Campsite fees are $8 per night; group site is $12 nightly. Camping is on a first-come, first served basis, with a limit of 14 days. Reservations are not accepted.

Directions:   From Redding, California, take Highway 299 East toward Burney, California.  After Burney, you would go 12 miles east until you see the sign "Pit Power House" road.  Follow the signs downhill to the campground.

Bureau of Land Management
Applegate Field Office
708 West 12th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Phone: (530) 233-4666
Fax: (530) 233-5696
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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